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1997 Highlights

Wolfsburg models are gone, and the Jetta GT arrives sporting the look of the GLX without the VR6 engine. Trek gets alloy wheels. GL, GLS, Trek and GT run more quietly, thanks to a new cylinder head design.

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  • Excellent road manners, roomy interior, fun-to-drive, heater will roast your face


  • Some controls and symbols difficult to decipher, staid styling, underpowered four-cylinder engine

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Features & Specs

TDi 4dr Sedan
Transmission5-speed manual
Horsepower90 hp @ 3750 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

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  • Side Crash Rating

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  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
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  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

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Consumer Rating

Great Little Car
This car has served my faithfully and reliably in the entire time only once I was stranded due to a dead battery. Have not even changed a light bulb yet. Got about 45 mpg highway and about 40 city.
TDI going strong
I've gto a '97 TDI that I've piled on 175K miles. I've had a few electrical problems and the alternator was replaced with a rebuilt. But this car gets 50 MPG and has great pickup. The heater is so hot it will burn your face and the a/c will freeze you out. I hope to keep running it for a couple hundered thousand more.
Great automtive investment
This used car has been fantastic. It gets near 50 mpg and the ride is great. Sound build and rattle free even at this mileage. Would definitely recommend a used VW TDI to anyone who was considering a diesel. These late 90's TDI's are very reliable, even moreso then the 99.5's and priced very reasonably.
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1997 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel Gas Mileage

1997 Volkswagen Jetta Diesel TDi 4dr Sedan, 5-speed manual, diesel fuel
37 compined MPG,
33 city MPG/44 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG37
Transmission5-speed manual
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.9 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase97.4 in.
Length173.4 in.
Width66.7 in.
Height56.1 in.
Curb Weight2647 lbs.